Tree House Brewing Company

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Tree House Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #21
Ranked #77
4.72 | pDev: 7.2%
May 14, 2022
Feb 28, 2015
Notes: Truth is our Barrel-aged Imperial Stout. Featuring a blend of three standout barrels brewed and barreled in 2018, Truth is the purest expression of barrel-aged beer that we make.

In the glass, we taste potent but balanced flavors of chocolate bourbon candy, sweet vanilla-like oak, tootsie rolls, and baker’s chocolate. Though the flavors are intense, they are beautifully balanced making Truth a joy to enjoy and savor as it warms up.

We are proud of this beer, and being the first time we’ve been able to enjoy it in almost five years, we are feeling very nostalgic.
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4.65 by DaveCash from New York on May 14, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

750 ml bottle.

Gentle pour brings a pure jet black motor oil color with a finger of caramel head. Good retention for the style. Leaves a halo of lacing around the glass. Settles into a thin film laid carefully across the beer.

The aroma brings strong notes of bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, dark chocolate, and pecans with loads of vanilla, oak, toffee, dark roast coffee beans, light char and a bit of smoke.

The flavor has tons of chocolate fudge and chocolate chip cookies. There's loads of Hazelnut coffee, toasted pecans and almonds, as well as bourbon, vanilla, oak, fig, plum and caramel. Boozy but at 12.3% this should be expected. A lot going on here but it all works perfectly together.

The feel is full bodied, chewy and syrupy. Almost no carbonation but plenty of booze, as expected.

Overall, I might be a Tree House fanboy but I've been quite critical of their stouts in recent years. They've become a bit too sweet with minimal balance. Just chocolate syrup. This bad boy, however, is one of the rare barrel aged stouts they have. Fortunately, I didn't pay anything for the beer as the bottle was shared with a friend.

This is definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. The bourbon is certainly present, but doesn't overpower the beer like other BA stouts. It's sweet, but nowhere near cloying. Boozy, but not overly so.

May 13, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

Brewery pour. Appearance was sludge...completely opaque. Hard pour leading to a very small mocha colored head with tiny bubbles. Aroma was dark fruits, toffee, bourbon, caramel and a hint of vanilla. Flavor was as the aroma. Bourbon was a bit more pronounced but didn't over power anything else the beer offered. Layers of flavor and complexity here. Mouthfeel was THICK. Sludgy oil down my gullet. Mouth coating to say the least. Tiny bubbles of carbonation danced on my tongue. Overall, this is an outstanding non adjunct BA offering. Really impressed with this as a non blended barrel aged offering from Tree House. Wish I would've purchased a bottle to take home.

May 06, 2022
4.75 by Narthax from Texas on May 05, 2022
4.21 by Argento from Rhode Island on Apr 30, 2022
4.75 by Dadthew from New York on Apr 29, 2022
4.5 by Dharms from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2022
4.49 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina on Apr 29, 2022
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3.01/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Travitten from Iowa

It’s ok, but if I remember right … nothing worthy of a top 50 rating.

Apr 28, 2022
4.5 by rstump24 from Ohio on Apr 27, 2022
4.94 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Apr 01, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Damian from Massachusetts

Drank from a 12 oz. gray sparkle wax dipped bottle purchased at Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA
Served in a tulip

Review #2100

Medium bodied dark brown/black appearance. Somewhat thinner in appearance and lighter in color than I anticipated. The beer was topped by a small cap of bubbly, cappuccino colored froth that quickly broke apart. A medium sized halo encircled the liquid.

The aroma was solid initially but somewhat subtle. Malty notes dominated. Roasted malts were most apparent. Good dose of caramel malt character too. Moderately sweet. Slightly smoky. Almost a touch peaty. Dark fruits were also detectable. Raisins, plums and figs perhaps. There was a bit of a papery oxidative quality as well, but this subsided with time. As the beer sat, the aroma intensified. The dark fruits, the sweetness and the smoke became notably punchier.

The flavor profile followed the nose. Rich and malty up front but less intense than anticipated. Nice melding of roasted and caramel malts. Slightly smoky. Boozy notes kicked in as the beer moved along the palate. Port soaked raisins came to mind. There was a bit of a chocolate/Tootsie Roll-like character too. Subtle metallic notes appeared on the back end, but they dissipated with time. More lingering booze and sweetness on the finish.

The mouthfeel was solid but thinner bodied for a beer of this magnitude. Smooth and slick on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence that fluffed up nicely on the palate.

Tree House make some amazing adjuncted milk stouts, but their purely barrel-aged releases seem to be a bit lacking in intensity and mouthfeel. While this was an enjoyable beer, it did little to stand apart from the pack.

Jun 29, 2021
4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 20, 2021
5 by Taycro from Massachusetts on Apr 25, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

I’m the resident TH fan but this is damn good! Chocolate, vanilla bourbon & almost everything you’d want from a BA (no adjunk) stout. If I’m picking nits (I am) it doesn’t have quite the flavor pop as something like BBT but does have similar complexity

Apr 04, 2021
4.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Mar 06, 2021
4.99 by withoutsorrow from Washington on Jan 25, 2021
4.5 by smaddock from Massachusetts on Jan 01, 2021
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Dec 27, 2020
4.45 by Sulty from Massachusetts on Dec 26, 2020
4.92 by Joesapp from Connecticut on Dec 24, 2020
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2020
4.76 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 17, 2020
5 by antrocks from Massachusetts on Dec 15, 2020
5 by JKV96 from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2015
4.44 by deleted_user_722966 from New Hampshire on Aug 13, 2015
5 by zman_ from Massachusetts on Aug 13, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by SebastianOwl from Massachusetts

Drank at the 7th anniversary Armsby Abby/Tougas Farm dinner on 8/9/15

Aug 10, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Had this beast at the 3rd Anniversary party.

Nice creamy dark head, pitch black color, crazy legs.

Nose is tons of bourbon, whisky barrel, barrel juice, vanilla barrel, mild dark chocolate cocoa and mild roasted coffee, earthy fudgey cocoa and chewy nougat, mild nutty notes, nice fudgey.

Taste super thick rich cocoa and roasted dark malts, chewy nougat and chewy fudge, cocoa and dark chocolate, with tons of bourbon, nice vanilla barrel, great bourbon, juicy barrel, toasted oak, etc. Nice dark chocolate, even a hint of bourbon raisin fruit, fluffy nougat and hint of caramel.

Mouth is thick chewy, nice carb, just a hint of booze.

This was incredible, I could drink it all day!

Jul 05, 2015
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5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by amaginbeer from Massachusetts

Best beer ever tasted with high alcohol content.

Jun 24, 2015
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4.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Enjoyed at the 3rd Anniversary Party at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into the custom Tree House wine glass a dark, oily brownish black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades to leave light wisps. BIG legs on this beer.

S - Aromas of bourbon upon bourbon upon bourbon. Did I say this has lots of bourbon? So much so that it actually overpowers the stout a bit. That rich fudgy chocolate is beaten into submission by the big, sweet bourbon notes. That being said, for all the bourbon characteristics this nose has, it doesn't exactly have a harsh nose. All the more shocking by the ABV.

T - Taste is absolutely phenomenal. LOADS of bourbon, should expect at this point. The sweet caramel, vanilla, and soft, woody barrel notes eventually give way to some extremely fudgy chocolate. The stout itself is almost lightly fruity. Man oh man are the big chocolate notes and big bourbon notes balanced here.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, very creamy. Alcohol hidden incredibly well.

O - Overall, this beer was absolutely incredible. Hands down the best beer of the day. Little things prevent 5's....the appearance, could have better head retention. On the nose, the bourbon certainly could stand to be less aggressive. The taste, a touch more chocolate would be nice. Mouthfeel could be a bit less heavy. Very, very well crafted for sure, but for me not really warranting 5's across the board by any means. Damn, I sound like JLindros now...

Serving Type: On tap

Jun 23, 2015
5 by fossage78 from Massachusetts on Jun 21, 2015
4.93 by Masters from Massachusetts on Jun 18, 2015
4.88 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2015
4.54 by MenardMa from Connecticut on Jun 17, 2015
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4.84/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by NAPO from Massachusetts

Excellent BA Stout by Tree House. Huge Bourbon oakiness with a creamy and sticky coffee finish. Superb!

Jun 17, 2015
4.81 by Acebaby from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2015
4.79 by chippo33 from Vermont on Jun 15, 2015
5 by aj3749 from Connecticut on Jun 15, 2015
5 by JMFP from Delaware on Jun 15, 2015
Truth from Tree House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 46 ratings